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, they will be arguing for his power to be curbs. there is a big discussion. in the u.s., and they are investigating. tomorrow and the next days and weeks are going to be fascinating in that respect. >> as always, we thank you very much. on to libya now, where rebels have claimed victory in the battle for a strategic town. there are conflicting reports about whether or not they have complete control of the town which has been held since gaddafi -- by gaddafi since march. most of the gaddafi forces are said to be retreating west. rebels say 12 fighters were killed and hundreds wounded. the capture would mark a major rebel breakthrough in their bid to push westward. the foreign ministers of europe have been meeting in brussels to discuss the situation in syria. they are considering a series of measures to resolve the standoff between the president and his opponent. in syria itself, anti-government protests are continuing, and activists are warning of potential civil war in the country. >> syria was top of the agenda in brussels today. eu foreign ministers pressured the president assad to reform or ste
in the senate for us. how does austerity look for ordinary italians? >> the big weakness of this budget is it puts off some many of the cuts and tax increases until 2013, 2014. that is not coincidental. there is a general election in june 2013. all of this will have to be done by the next government. in the meantime, there is going to be a gaming tax, increased health charges, cuts in pensions, but only for the highest pensions -- and in italy, pensions are pretty generous. this is not a budget which in the short-term is going to lead anybody into destitution. >> in other news, syrian pro- democracy activists say government forces have killed at least nine people as protests against the president continue. reports indicate the military crackdown on opposition activists in damascus and hana. police have arrested members of opposition supporters. non-governmental organizations say at least 1600 people have been killed since the uprising began four months ago. 13 turkish soldiers have been killed in an attack in the southeast of the country. officials say kurdish militants ambushed troops.
on chancellor merkel's viewpoint. >> angela merkel warned that people should not be expecting one big, spectacular solution. this is a long, ongoing process. it is a matter of small steps. we have to make sure that greece becomes competitive again, that it gets its debt down, and that will not be achieved with one big, spectacular step. president medvedev also had some words to say on the euro. he says he is cautiously optimistic that it will pull through. he says it is an extortion attempt, said nations have never tried before, and it is wishing europe bloc -- he said it is an extraordinary attempts, such that nations have never tried before, and he is pushing europe luck. >> some clouds on the horizon. a closely watched survey said dennis analysts and institutional investors are in anticipating a weaker performance in the months to come -- a closely watched survey said analysts and institutional investors are anticipating a weaker performance in the months to come. use 9 last month. crisis, could spread to italy. however, the drop in german expectations may not translate to weaker e
greece in hopes of protecting big ones. >> the threat today is for the whole eurozone, so we need to find a solution. >> ministers signed off on what they hope will be part of the new solution, the new bailout fund that will kick in from 2013, but as they all know, a lot could change before then. >> our brussels correspondent has been following the discussions by the eurozone finance ministers in brussels. can you tell us what has come out of today's debt crisis talks? >> the formal agreement on anything has now been pushed back into another meeting of finance ministers later this month, but they have been discussing a lot. of course, the focus has been on greece and the question of a second bailout for greece. is it possible? how much will be needed? when will it be triggered? and, crucially, should private bondholders take their share responsibly? should there be obliged to extend their lines of credit to greece to put off the evil day when they will need a second bailout and call in their dead? the ecb, the european central bank, thinks that is stretching it to try to get that agreemen
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their salaries. there are not job opportunities. people are not able to get back to normal life. that is the big challenge for the national transitional council. in west libya, the fighting is going on. there is a gap and a difference between the east and west libya. >> us talk about the facebook generation. how much of a difference is it making in libya? >> it is interesting to me, the rebels. they are the generation of facebook. the people fighting now are those who used to chat on facebook. this helps indication between them. even to get international attention by spreading videos and photos. the proof of that was that gaddafi shut down the internet. in the gaza, they are getting access again. >> what can the international community to to support the rebels? >> the most important thing is that they recognize the national transitional council as the traditional -- legitimate representative of the libyan people. that is the most important thing. they will meet in is a symbol. they will work to support the libyans financially. -- they will meet in istanbul. >> what can germany due to support the
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